I’m a sucker for the cheesiest movies.
The Attack of SHARK-O-SAURAS!!!
I mean, overtly cheesy movies. I gravitate to them like a moth to a flame. Pretentious acting mixed with terrible special effects hooks me every time. I was recently transfixed by “Legend” (1985), which features an elf played by a young unibrowed Tom Cruise. It’s also replete with Goblins and a pair of endangered unicorns.
My wife saw the melodramatic cheese and immediately said, “Don’t record it.”
“Seriously, don’t record it.”
I recorded it.
A goblin chopped one of the unicorns horns off and the magical world of fairies and gnomes turned into a deep winter Narnian nightmare. Epic stuff.
I’m also a sucker for some of those Syfy Channel made for TV movies. They usually feature an 80s child star and dazzling Atari level special effects. Typically, you can bet on a helicopter faceoff with gigantic mutant Gators or Sharks or Snakes or Spiders.
The Artist’s Gospel Dilemma
I’m not as smitten with cultural Christian cheese.
I don’t want to offend anyone blessed by the following, but I had to turn off the movies “FireProof” and “Facing The Giants” after a few minutes of viewing. I don’t have the stomach for that flavor of cheese. If you really have something worthy to say, say it in the most powerful, meaningful, excellent way you can.
The gospel is the most spellbinding beautiful message in heaven and earth.
If we are going to “adorn” it with our art, I say make it the most spellbinding beautiful art the world has seen. Acting should be high quality and nuanced. A plot should have depth and grit. Production should be top of the line.
This goes for our endeavors in writing, music, finger painting, breakdancing, etc. CCM radio shouldn’t sound like an infinite loop of the same rehashed pop country songs. In some cases the contributions are literally rehashed pop country songs.
I’m not a model for this. But I’m trying to get better at my craft (if blogging could be called that).
Not Cool, Creative
I’m not saying we should be “cool” in the trite cultural sense of that weak word. Christ never set up a Kingdom of self-assured cool kids. “Cool” is a term beneath the gospel. But our message and our art should have a winsome way of attracting souls (or even repelling them in some cases). Don’t ever let someone walk away from your baby with a neutral shrug.
We have a God breathed word empowered to resonate with human nature and experience more than any other word in the world.
Be excellent with whatever skill He’s given you.
A God who is Creator has imaged children who are creative.
To be less than that is to be less than human.
What’s Your Favorite Cheesy Movie?